Bivariate microarray analysis: statistical interpretation of two-channel functional genomics data.

TitleBivariate microarray analysis: statistical interpretation of two-channel functional genomics data.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHsiao A, Subramaniam S
JournalSyst Synth Biol
Date Published2008 Dec

Conventional statistical methods for interpreting microarray data require large numbers of replicates in order to provide sufficient levels of sensitivity. We recently described a method for identifying differentially-expressed genes in one-channel microarray data 1. Based on the idea that the variance structure of microarray data can itself be a reliable measure of noise, this method allows statistically sound interpretation of as few as two replicates per treatment condition. Unlike the one-channel array, the two-channel platform simultaneously compares gene expression in two RNA samples. This leads to covariation of the measured signals. Hence, by accounting for covariation in the variance model, we can significantly increase the power of the statistical test. We believe that this approach has the potential to overcome limitations of existing methods. We present here a novel approach for the analysis of microarray data that involves modeling the variance structure of paired expression data in the context of a Bayesian framework. We also describe a novel statistical test that can be used to identify differentially-expressed genes. This method, bivariate microarray analysis (BMA), demonstrates dramatically improved sensitivity over existing approaches. We show that with only two array replicates, it is possible to detect gene expression changes that are at best detected with six array replicates by other methods. Further, we show that combining results from BMA with Gene Ontology annotation yields biologically significant results in a ligand-treated macrophage cell system.

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Alternate JournalSyst Synth Biol
PubMed ID19680790